Two Senior members of the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) Party were on Tuesday this week involved in a physical confrontation in Nchelenge District.
The incident has been confirmed to the Zambia News and Information Service (ZANIS), by Nchelenge District Political Secretary (DPS), Daniel Kapenda.
Mr. Kapenda said the confrontation happened around mid-day on Tuesday this week during a meeting chaired by Luapula Province Political Secretary, Elizabeth Miyanda for District and Constituency Officials at the Fisheries Training Centre (FTC).
He said Reverend Bernard Manda, aged 57 years, of Chandwe Village in Kashikishi who is the PF District Chairperson was assaulted by Victor Chansa of Daison Village also of Kashikishi area who is the District PF vice Treasurer.
The PF District Secretary said commotions started when one of the members in the meeting started to question why reverend Manda was seated in front.
He said at this point Mr. Chansa went in front and grabbed Reverend Manda by the neck and started pushing and shoving him in a bid to remove him from the room where the meeting was being held.
Mr. Kapenda said his quick action together with Constituency Treasurer, Robinson Musonda paid off as they managed to separate the two and whisked Reverend Manda to safety.
He said the Provincial Political Secretary who also witnessed the incident has since condemned the behavior of Mr. Chansa.
The District Political Secretary said Ms Miyanda has called for unity among PF members in Nchelenge and has urged Mr. Chansa to unreservedly apologize for his behavior.
Mr. Kapenda said the PF is a peaceful Party which will not allow unruly behavior among its members, adding that anyone found abrogating its Party rules will be penalize.
He said the ruling Party will soon resolve the impasse that has dogged that ruling Party in Nchelenge District which has seen the formation of two camps within the Party.
Mr. Kapenda said he will forward a Report to the Party Leadership on what transpired, and also the background to the problem so that a lasting solution can be found in the matter.
And Reverend Manda told ZANIS in an interview that Mr. Chansa has refused to apologize and has even aggravated the situation by going a Nchelenge based Community Radio Station to malign his name.
Reverend Manda said the behavior of his Vice Treasurer has left him with no choice but to seek legal redress.
He said after the beating he suffered at the hands of Mr. Chansa he has been left with severe pains on his left leg and left ribs.
Reverend Manda who is also a Preacher at the African Methodist Church said he has reported the matter to Police.
Efforts to get a response from Mr. Chansa by Press Time Proved futile as mobile phone went an answered.